People with chronic stomach issues can have different symptoms. Symptoms that can mean celiac disease. Celiac disease is an inherited autoimmune disease. When a person with the disease eats a substance called gluten, it causes the body to attack the intestines. It’s a common condition, but most people with celiac disease don’t even know they have it. In fact, 83% of people with celiac disease are diagnosed with the wrong condition or not diagnosed at all. Could you be one of them?

There Are Over 300 Symptoms and Conditions Related to Celiac Disease

The symptoms of celiac disease can show up alone or in any number of combinations. Two out of 5 people with celiac disease have no symptoms at all. That can make it difficult to diagnose. Often, it can take years. Below are the most common symptoms.

Click on the different ones to find out more about them.

  • Diarrhea

    Diarrhea

    It is a popular myth that everyone with celiac disease experiences diarrhea. More than half of people actually do not.

  • Headaches

    Headaches

    Approximately one-third of people with celiac disease have headaches.

  • Bloating

    Bloating

    This is a feeling of swelling in the belly. Many people with celiac disease describe themselves as feeling 6 months pregnant.

  • Infertility

    Infertility

    Some studies suggest that celiac disease may occur in up to 8% of women with unexplained infertility.

  • Constipation

    Constipation

    While doctors usually think of diarrhea when it comes to celiac disease, constipation is also a symptom. It’s just seen in fewer people.

  • Heartburn

    Heartburn

    Heartburn is caused by stomach acid coming up from the stomach into the throat, and it’s common in people with celiac disease.

  • Fatigue

    Fatigue

    It’s common for people with celiac disease to feel a loss of energy. Why? Because your body isn’t absorbing the nutrients it needs.

  • Thin Bones

    Thin Bones

    While symptoms of thin bones don’t appear right away with celiac disease, thin bones can lead to pain, bones being easily fractured, or a loss of height.

  • Mouth Sores

    Mouth Sores

    Some studies suggest that for 5% of people with celiac disease, this is their only symptom.

  • Gas

    Gas

    Improper breakdown of foods in the stomach and small intestine causes gas. This is much more frequent in people with celiac disease.

  • Irritability

    Irritability

    While people often assume children can just be cranky, irritability is a common symptom of celiac disease in children.

  • Discolored Teeth

    Discolored Teeth

    White, yellow, or brown spots on the teeth could be a sign of celiac disease. These spots are commonly found on incisors and molars.

  • Itchy Skin Rash

    Itchy Skin Rash

    From 15 to 25% of people with celiac disease have an itchy skin rash, but it can be more common in men than in women.

  • Depression

    Depression

    People with celiac disease don’t absorb all the nutrients they need. Lack of nutrients causes the brain to not produce enough of certain chemicals, which may be associated with depression in people with celiac disease.

  • Stomach Pain

    Stomach Pain

    Frequent stomach pain is a common symptom of celiac disease. The pain can be mild or severe, and it's often accompanied by bloating.

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